Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Blues Ball, A “Hallelujah Homecoming”

Memphians showed off their rocker attitude on Saturday, September 27, 2008 when the heart of downtown served as host for one of Memphis’s biggest fund raisers and festivals dedicated to Memphis music. The fifteenth annual Blues Ball was a giant celebration of the communities and music of Memphis.
Check out just a sample of some of the great fun and wonderful music on this video.



This year’s musical line included Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Larry Raspberry, Jason D. Williams, Andy Childs, Ruby Wilson, Voodoo Village & Special Guests, Garage Band Jam, Interstate 55 & Surprise Guests, Di Anne Price, Al Kapone & the Untouchablez, Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith and Robert Raiford.
The Blues Ball / Memphis Charitable Foundation provides unparalleled support through this event for Memphis Area Musicians as well as powerful donations to organizations such as LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Baddour Center, Madonna Learning Center, Manassas High School, Humes Middle School and many others. The event returned “to the street” as last year encompassing over two downtown city blocks surrounding the Gibson Guitar Factory, The Westin Memphis Beale Street, the Westin’s multi-level parking garage, Morgan Freeman’s new club, Ground Zero and the Red Rooster Bar.



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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Girls Inc. Reception

Deborah Hester was celebrated as the new president and CEO of Girls, Inc. at a reception at The Jack Robinson Gallery of Photography hosted by Stacie Waddell and Kathy Buckman Davis on Thursday, September 25.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exciting News!

This little sesame seed is about the size of our newest grandbaby due about mid-May. If you have kept up with us, you know our second daughter Melissa and her husband Matt are expecting a son in mid-Dec. Now our first daughter Jennifer Sere and her husband Tim are expecting and we are thrilled... again! Their blogs are http://themorriss.blogspot.com and http://jennifersere.blogspot.com if you would like to keep up with them. My personal blog is http://montgomeryring.blogspot.com.

Babies are such a blessing and as "common" as they are, they are still miracles!
This is going to be hard - keeping up with grandbabies and publishing... even if only 4 times a year.
Got a grandbaby? Send us your pictures with her/ him or them.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Zoo Rendezvous Celebrates 25 Years!

We just attended what is known as one of the best parties of the year in Memphis - Zoo Rendezvous. Lots of great food - over 77 restaurants, great music - over at least 4 bands on 4 stages and lots and lots of people. It's a HUGE event! This is also the Zoo's largest fundraiser of the year and brings in people from all over. And for the football lovers a TV room was set up near the Panda exhibit to watch Auburn at Mississippi State and Ohio State at USC. It was a little warm but there was plenty of ice cold drinks. A few folks were dipping their feet in the water fountain by the end of night. All ended well and except for a few gusts of wind it didn't rain or storm.



A Memphis favorite, The Dempseys played on the main stage.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Les Passees Stock Exchange 2008 Preview Party

Stock Exchange, Les Passees’ yearly consignment sale fundraiser, kicked off its 22nd year on Aug. 19 at the Perimeter Shopping Center at 5246 Summer Ave.
Stock Exchange accepts a wide range of items, such as furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, rugs, crystal, silver and china. Sellers set the price for their items and receive 70 percent of the sale. The remaining proceeds go to support Les Passees’ grant program, which donated funds to several local organizations in 2008, including MIFA’s City Kitchen project, the John Calipari Basketball School, Les Passees Kids on the Block and Memphis Elite All-Stars.
Check out the slide show below from the Preview Party. I didn't crop all the photos this time because you can get a good look at some of the wonderful items for sale in the background of the photos. It's great this year - I plan to go back and do some shopping!



Les Passees will receive items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 4.The Preview Party was on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. The honorary chairman was there to launch Stock Exchange – Coach John Calipari. Regular shopping days will run from Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about Stock Exchange, please call Les Passees headquarters at 901.761.5525.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

We went to the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival in downtown Memphis on Sunday and had a great time. It's an annual Labor Day weekend music festival with 5 stages put on by the Southern Folklore Museum. Jason D. Williams played late Sunday night but he was terrific as usual. Had to get my picture made with him to add to my celebrity pic collection.

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